DCOM and svchost

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March 15, 2010 at 08:43:25
Specs: Windows XP
I've started getting the message 'This document could not be registered. It will not be possible to create links from other documents to this document.' when I use Word.

I've checked out various features and the problem seems to lie with DCOM which I cannot switch on. It is set to Automatic but is stopped. When I try to start it I get the message 'Could not start the DCOM Server Process Launcher service on Local Computer. Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.'

The 'Path to executable' is displayed as C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch

svchost.exe exists in this location.

What can I do?


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#1
March 15, 2010 at 09:08:52
Try typing `svchost -k DcomLaunch` in start - run. Do you get the same error?

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#2
March 15, 2010 at 13:01:59
Thanks. Just tried that and I didn't get an error message. In fact, I didn't get any message. The egg-timer stayed for a while and then cleared.
Is this command supposed to re-start DCOM? If so, I then checked and it was still stopped.

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#3
March 15, 2010 at 16:08:37
Have you tried running system file checker?

sfc /scannow in the Run box.

some other bloke...


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#4
March 15, 2010 at 17:18:50
Yes.

I ran this before posting my query and have just run it again. It ran to completion but my problem was still there unchanged.


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#5
March 15, 2010 at 17:54:28
I expect you've been Gooling around on this but did you spot this post?

http://www.technologyquestions.com/...

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#6
March 16, 2010 at 02:13:15
Thanks Derek. I hadn't spotted that info.

Unfortunately, I've now checked out their advice and the 'missing' files (srvsvc.dll in system32 and srv.sys in system32/drivers) referred to in that thread are in my system and their dates match those in the ServicePackFiles folder.

Nonetheless, I tried their suggested extraction of a new copy of each of srvsvc.dll and srv.sys from the ServicePackFiles folder. However, these both failed with the message Can't open file

Mmmmm.



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#7
March 16, 2010 at 10:52:46
I found that one by just Googling the complete error message in your original post - there were several other hits I didn't look at.

Let's hope someone comes along with a deeper knowledge than mine on this topic. In the meantime, short of system restore (assuming the problem is recent). I'm out of ideas.

some other bloke...


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#8
March 16, 2010 at 13:45:09
Thanks for your suggestions. I've tried system restore to a couple of different recent restore points and they each terminated as incomplete restores. Tried with my Norton disabled and restore still failed. The fault started two days ago. I can live with the Word funny but I'm concerned that there is something nasty underlying which might have other consequences.


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#9
March 16, 2010 at 14:20:37
When you say "nasty" do you mean Virus or similar?

If so you could download > install > update and run MalwareBytes free version which is quite good at unearthing things.

some other bloke...


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#10
March 21, 2010 at 06:46:58
Hi Derek,

Just to let you know the final outcome.

Further problems starting appearing. I couldn't tidy registry, do disk optimization or install some software updates so I turned to Norton for a general cleanup. Once that was completed one of their diagnostics indicated 0 RAM!!! So I then needed to turn to my PC manufacturer to check out my system. That resulted in the advice that I had numerous missing files and needed to do a destructive recovery. The RAM was there but not being seen by some applications!! Initially I tried the system recovery one before the destructive version. However, as I started trying to put back applications it became obvious that I did need to do the destructive recovery. I've now completed that and most of my applications are restored and updated. The last bit is reconnecting some peripherals which I've left til last. Fortunately I had a laptop where I could transfer all my user files whilst I did the restore.

Phew!!! Glad that's nearly over.

Thanks for your interest and suggestions.


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#11
March 21, 2010 at 10:49:05
Glad to hear you are making good progress and thx for popping back to let us know.

What's the time?


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